high school senior portraits, portrait photography, Wedding Photography

How to Build a Beautiful Photo Gallery Wall

Ideas for creating a photo wall in your home.

Even though we store all of our photos digitally, nothing quite beats displaying beautiful photos of your family and friends around your home. A gallery wall can be a great focal point in your home but in order to get the perfect end result, your photo wall will need some planning.

14942_ 2017.0726_POR_SchollChoosing Your Wall

The wall that you see when you first walk into a room is often the perfect spot for a photo wall if you’re looking to make it the main focus of the room. If you would prefer a more subtle option then look for an area that doesn’t have any décor or a space where regular artwork might not work, such as the area next to a stairway or the narrow part of a wall that divides two rooms.

Choosing a Layout

There are countless photo wall layouts that you can use to build your gallery. Pinterest offer tons of inspiration. The best thing to do once you have your heart set on a specific layout is to cut out the shapes of your frames and use masking tape to create a mock layout on your wall. You might find that you need to switch a few of the frames around or relook at the design completely.

Choosing Your Frames & Photos

Most designers would suggest that neutral colors work the best when designing your photo gallery but sometimes adding a pop of color in-between the frames also looks amazing. You might prefer to choose frames in one color then opt for different sizes and styles to change things up a bit. Placing an antique frame in-between your more modern frames gives the wall a unique touch. If you decide to use different colors and styles of frames then try printing your photos in black and white. Remember, your photos should always be the focal point.

A photo gallery in your home is a great alternative to traditional décor and wall art so take the time to make it special.

Wedding Photography

Which Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer: Part II

Weddings are amazing, but also a lot of work to plan. Photography is one of the most important aspects of your day and choosing a wedding photographer is not always easy. To start, ask the right questions when interviewing. It is easy to ask a question that really doesn’t give you the insight you need into who the photographer is…so here are a few tips.

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Instead of: Do you discount? Try: Our budget is $$$, how can we work together to find the best plan for this price?

Every photographer is different in the way they will handle their pricing and packages. It is important to be direct and honest with your photographer about your needs and your budget. Many will be able to work something out, and some will not. Sometimes it is better to be honest about your budget upfront and accept that you may get some of what you want for that price and then be able to use gifted monies after the wedding for additional items like files or albums. Just know it is always ok, if not encouraged, to ask.

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Instead of: What gear do you use? Try: Do you have a backup plan if equipment fails?

There is a HUGE array of equipment out there for photography and video. Everyone has their favorite brand or lens. At the end of the day I am a firm believer that it is not the equipment that makes the images, but the artist. Check out their portfolio, maybe even ask for additional examples of their work. Fall in love with the imagery, picture yourself as the bride or groom. How they get to that point is really meaningless if you love their work and the photographer themselves. More importantly is to find out what they do if something goes wrong to save your images. Do they have insurance? Backup lens?

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Instead of: Have you worked at my venue before? Try: Do you have experience and example photos of similar venues to mine?

I have shot over 100s of weddings. I have NOT shot in every location possible, even in our small mountain town of Crested Butte CO. Some of my favorite images came from venues that were new to me…there is an excitement and creativity that can be released when in a new environment. It is less important if your photographer has shot in the exact location you are getting married in and more important that they are equipped with the skills to adjust to any location. Asking to see images from locations or times of day that are similar to yours will be more informative then simply if they have shot at your location.

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I hope you have found this to be a helpful starting place for the conversation with your potential wedding photographer. Most professional photographers will have a list of FAQ on their website which can help direct you while choosing the right photographer for you. Visit www.3rdeyephoto.net/Wedding-FAQ for my FAQ wedding section.

Wedding Photography

Which Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer: Part I

Hiring a wedding photographer can send any bride into a tizzy. There may be several websites you are in love with- how do you chose? To start, ask the right questions when interviewing. It is easy to ask a question that really doesn’t give you the insight you need into who the photographer is…so here are a few tips.

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Instead of: What is your style of photography? Try: What does a typical wedding day look like from your perspective?

Styles range from photographer to photographer and can have very different meanings for each individual. You will get to know more about how your day will be photographed and how it will unfold with a different approach. You have already seen the photographer’s portfolio and love their work (otherwise don’t have this conversation). So here is your opportunity to find out more about the flow of the day and how the photographer will be dealing with the different segments of the day. This can also lead to a timeline conversation which is a necessity from any photographer.

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Instead of: Do you have a second photographer? Try: How do you cover all the aspects of our wedding?

People always assume that more is better- the more photographers you have the better photos there will be. This is simply not the case. The RIGHT photographer(s) are better. Some weddings I hire a second photographer because of the size of the wedding or the length of the day. But there are plenty of other times where all I need is an assistant who does not shoot but helps with equipment and lighting OR just one professional photographer to capture everything in an amazing way.

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Instead of: Do we own the copyright to all of our images? Try: What rights do we have with our digital files?

Most wedding photographers will include digital files in their Collections. The copyright holder is the creator of the images. What you want is to be able to freely reproduce and prints those files from any company and as many times as you would like for personal use. Holding the copyright does NOT mean you can print your files, so be clear with your photographer about your intentions and make sure you are given the proper release if needed.

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Instead of: Can I give you a shot list? Try: How do you decide what images should be taken and can I be a part of the decision process?

A shot list is limiting, and takes away from the creativity of the artist. Hopefully you love your wedding photographer’s portfolio and with the right questions you are getting a sense of how great he/she will be to work with- don’t stifle this professional with a list of shots you “must have”. Trust that you have hired the right person to do the job to the best of their abilities. That being said, you can certainly talk to your photographer about your needs such as family groupings etc, and if you have anything specific like a special aspect of the ceremony or a unique wedding exit that you want to make sure is captured. Communication is the key!

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Please check in next week for more “Which Questions to Ask Your Photographer: Part II” and visit http://www.3rdeyephoto.net for more images and info.

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How to Prep for a Photo Session with Your Pet

For many people, pets are furry members of the family. It comes as no surprise that they want to include their pets in their photos. Including your pets in your photo session does require a little extra preparation but it is certainly doable.

Below are a few tips to prepare you for your photo session with your pet.

18374_2015.08.25_por_hughesTo make this work, you will need to get your pet to sit still and behave. Pets can get very excited when new people are around so let your pet become acquainted with your photographer beforehand. Bring treats and toys that your pet enjoys so that you have something to use to grab their attention if necessary.

Keep a leash or harness ready, just in case. Even though your pet might be well trained, it never hurts to be prepared. You may also want to arrange your poses so you can hold onto your pet securely without it looking like you are hanging on for dear life. Your photographer will help you with this.

16913_2015-08-13_wed_burgenerIf you know that your photo session is going to take some time, give your pets the chance to take breaks, walk around and drink water. You won’t be able to force a pet to sit still if they are thirsty or agitated.

As a pet owner you probably know how perceptive your animals are to energy and emotions, so it’s important that you are relaxed when you get to your pet photo session. If you really want to keep your pets relaxed too, try and arrange your photo session in a place where your pet will feel most comfortable such as your garden or a park.

For the best results, try and work with a photographer that has previously worked with animals. This will help make the process of photographing your pets even more enjoyable.

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How to Pick the Perfect Professional Photographer

What you need to consider before you pay that photography deposit.

If you’ve started the search for a photographer then you’ll know just how many options there are. Before you go ahead and book a professional photographer for a shoot though, there are a couple important things to consider.

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What style are you looking for?

Photographers have different styles so you need to decide on someone who can help you achieve the end result you are looking for. This applies to everything from wedding and maternity shoots to family and corporate shoots. Ask the photographer for some examples of their latest work to evaluate whether they can cater to your needs.

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Research and review.

Before you invest in a professional photographer you need to do your homework. Get online to find a few customer reviews, browse around their website to view their latest work and have a look around their social media pages to find out what others are saying about them. These platforms will also give you a good idea of their personality and style. Some other important points to consider when researching photographers are:

  1. Do their services fall within your price range? Or better yet, are you looking for something custom and high-end or just a shoot-and-burn? Different studios offer different types of experiences, find the one right for you.
  2. Are they experienced enough to give you the results you are looking for?
  3. Are they based in your area and are they willing to travel to a specific location if need be?
  4. Is the quality of their photos good enough? Look at aspects such as sharpness, exposure and saturation.

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Create a short list.

Once you have done your research, create a short list of professional photographers that stand out for you. Get in touch with each of them to discuss your needs and to ask any questions that you might have. It’s important that you chat with the photographer over the phone if not in person as this is the best way to get to know them and find out whether you’ll be able to work with them. Feeling uncomfortable or stressed out around your photographer makes for bad photos.

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It’s important that you pick a photographer that you have confidence in. Your photos are there to last you a lifetime so while there is nothing wrong with helping out your photographer friend who has just started out, it’s best to choose an experienced photographer for important events and occasions that you can’t relive.

Contact Rebecca@3rdeyephoto.net to capture your next memories!

Wedding Photography

Beautiful Brides, Amazing Dresses, Be Inspired

Here are some of my beautiful brides and their amazing dresses. We have all different styles here, get inspired! There are even a few short dresses and traditional Hindu dresses!

Thank you to all my lovely clients, I love you all!

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Crested Butte Wedding Photography by Crested Butte Wedding Photographer, Rebecca Ofstedahl of Third Eye Photography

Rebecca Ofstedahl from Third Eye Photography is anything but your average Crested Butte wedding photographer. Each wedding is treated with care and creativity unsurpassed by other Crested Butte wedding photography studios. Your wedding day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Crested Butte area.

 

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Wedding Albums- Should You Invest in One?

In this digital age, all of my brides want a FlashDrive of their images, which I think is great. Please, make as many 4x6s and 5x7s as you would like. But what about an album? So many brides still seem interested in purchasing a wedding album, and as a bride myself just a few short years ago, I can understand why. There is something still beautiful about having and holding something that contains the memories of one of the most special days in your life. I love looking at my wedding album, even three years after the wedding! And so many of my friends and family enjoyed checking it out too. With quality photos created by a professional sometimes the internet and social media postings just don’t do it justice. If you are working with a high-end photographer they will have top-of-the-line products to offer you. I have 3 levels of books I offer my clients, from my big and burly albums to a more economically choice.

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BayLeaf Series- My top, end books

My BayLeaf Series comes in a hard-cover box wrapped in photos. The BayLeaf albums have a host of cover options including photo on acrylic, photo on canvas and photo on metal. This series also has fabric options such as leather and suede to be mixed with the photos or used solely to create the perfect tone to your album. These books have thick pages and lay flat with no gutter to show-off our panos from the day. They are really amazing books- solid and sturdy and going to last for a lifetime.

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Mix and match leather and fabric options.
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Put an inscription on the cover!

I think of wedding albums as the first family heirloom. It is the start of your family. As great as digital photos are- they make it easy to share with all your friends, and even people you don’t know well, and allow you to make endless prints, there is just nothing like holding an album like from my BayLeaf series and flipping through this gold-gilded pages taking your time to enjoy the memories laid in the pages.

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Gold, silver and multi-colored gilding.
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Thick pages that won’t bend or tear.

I find myself looking through my albums much more often then I search through my computer for my digital files and scroll through them. I spend enough time at my computer, I don’t need my “time to enjoy the old-days” time to be in front of it as well. And to me, it is worth spending the extra cash to have something really nice that not only will look great but will last me forever. I find it worth the investment and so do a lot of my clients. And sometimes you can get a discount for the second album for mom and dad- so it’s always worth asking!

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No gutter let’s you spread your photos across two pages.
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Different sizes and levels for different budgets

Crested Butte Wedding Photography by Crested Butte’s Photography Studio, Third Eye Photography.

Crested Butte Wedding Photographer and Owner, Rebecca Ofstedahl from Third Eye Photography is anything but your average Crested Butte wedding photographer. Each wedding is treated with care and creativity unsurpassed by other Crested Butte wedding photography studios. Your wedding day is carefully crafted to offer one of a kind unique photography in the Crested Butte area.

 

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What to Wear for Engagement Photo Sessions

It is never easy trying to pick out an outfit, or know what to do when you are going to be photographed! Here are a few tips to help you plan your next family portrait or engagement session!

1. Be comfortable! This is most important!! If you, your hubby, finace or kids are uncomfortable they are going to look it in the photos. And don’t fight with kids before the shoot- that just makes them grumpy and it’s not worth it! In the end if everyone is comfortable in what they are wearing they are going to look great, smile and exude happiness.

8140_2015.03.04_eng_joyce2. Stay away from clashing colors and patterns. Simple is best. If there are many people in the shoot have the colors work together- neutrals and earth tones are best. And of course there is nothing like blue-jeans and white tops! Or have most people in earth-tones and just one or two in a pop of color. Boys- do not wear anything with writing on it or logos! If you are going casual, wear a solid t-shirt.

2015.01.18_ENG_Kelley_DNG-January 18, 2016-773. Bring more then one option! Let your photographer help and give yourself variety in your images. Don’t bring anything too complicated or that will take a long time to get into (like a tux or gown). Keep it simple- maybe just change his top and your dress but keep the same shoes and jeans…Most likely something you can change into in a car because you might be cruising from location to location and if you are having your photos in the Rocky Mountains like I usually am there are no bathrooms for miles!

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4. Look yourself- but your fancy self. If you usually get pretty done-up before date night do the same for your engagement shoot. If you rarely are caught with make-up on, put on some powder cover-up, a little blush and mascara. even if you don’t usually wear make-up it is best to have a little something on so you don’t look too washed out. You want to look yourself, but the best and most fancy self possible for you.

7892_2015.01.30_eng_vader5. Get your nails done. Most photographers will take a close-up of the ring, so do your nails and put some lotion on your hands. You might even suggest that to your man because his hands might be in that slow-up as well!

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10 Things Every Groom Should Have (Brides Read too!)

Some must haves…

1. One day off a week from wedding talk. Make it a point to take a break every once in awhile and spend some quality, and romantic, time together.

2. Task your can really do. Take the lead on the stuff you are interested in, like music or drinks. you are more likely to actually get stuff done if you are interest in it.

16119_2015-08-02_wed_williams3. A tux or suit you feel great in! A well-fitted outfit can really go a long way in making you look your best on your wedding day, and feel your best! Make sure it fits right. (See Six Steps to Your Perfect Look)

4. A right-hand, best man. Some who is cool enough to throw you a killer bachelor party but who will also be there for you during your times of stress and can keep all the groomsmen inline on the bug day.

9727_2016-06-11_wed_ryan5. Time to relax before the wedding. Take some time to yourself or to do something fun with your groomsmen- golf or gym anyone?

6. A killer toast. Make it funny, sweet and short. Don’t forget to thank your bride, her parents and yours!

562_-2016-09-17_wed_joyce7. Heartfelt vows. Even if you don’t want to say them in front of everyone, write some down to give your bride the morning of (maybe with a nice gift). Ask friends and family to help if your having a hard time expressing yourself.

8. Smooth dance moves. Take a dance class with your sweetie. She will love the extra time together and you can learn a thing to two.

9579_2016-06-11_wed_ryan9. A post-wedding massage. Take some time to yourself and to decompress. A couple’s massage might be a nice treat too.

10. A mini-moon. If you aren’t planning on going on a honeymoon the day or two after the wedding plan something short for just the two of you. It is a great opportunity to swap stories, reminisce and decompress together.

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Six Questions We All Want to Know from Our Wedding Photographer Part 3

Co-written by wedding planner Ciera Freson.

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A professional photographer understand light and the time-of-day that is best for imagery.

Will a photographer help with the day of timeline?

Typically your wedding planner or day of coordinator work with venues and vendors to develop the day of timeline and ensure it is followed. If you do not have a planner or day of coordinator the development of and adherence to a timeline typically falls on the bride, member of the bridal party or family member. Although a photographer may help plan out the appropriate time you will need to capture the images you’d like, you have contracted with the photographer to take photos, not manage the timeline. However, this varies with all photography studios. Third Eye Photography does have timeline worksheets that are addressed multiple times prior to the wedding date. This helps the clients know how many hours they need coverage for as well as helps the photographer know when everything will start and end. If your photographer does not provide you with his/her own timeline worksheet it is important that your share the one you are using with him/her prior to the wedding day.

Remind your groom that this day only happens once and it goes by fast!
Remind your groom that this day only happens once and it goes by fast!

How to convince your fiance pictures are worth the investment.

  1. A majority of couples spend thousands of dollars on their wedding day, so it makes sense to invest in savoring those memories. Once the day has passed, memories fade and all that is left are the images.
  2. A point and shoot camera operated by a family member or friend will not capture the quality images that you will want to hang on your wall or create an album out of.
  3. A professional wedding photographer has the experience and knows what moments not to miss.
  4. A local photographer knows the area, knows the perfect locations and knows where to be when for the perfect lighting.
  5. A professional photographer is able to work with you to create a piece of artwork to savor for a lifetime, if that be high-end photo albums or photos to hang on your wall.
  6. Some say an average of 15-20% of your wedding budget should be spent on your photographer…Rebecca from Third Eye Photography says “no one has ever regretted having these beautiful images to show their children, family and friends.”
Capture your wedding professionally so you can share the memories.
Capture your wedding professionally so you can share the memories.

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